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Fire Pit Safety

Please remember there are important safety guidelines for outdoor fires. According to the City’s Fire Prevention Code:

  • Outdoor fireplaces/fire pits shall be at least 15 feet from any structure or combustible material (i.e. house, garage, deck, fence) and in an open lawn area.
  • Recreational fires not contained in an outdoor fireplace/fire pit must be at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible material and also in an open lawn area.
  • Large outdoor fireplaces that are built on a foundation are allowed however, require a building permit from the City Building and Code Enforcement Department.
  • Use only clean, well-seasoned wood--no leaves, compost, brush, waste materials of any kind or holiday decorations/trees.
  • The fire must be constantly attended until extinguished.
  • Some type of fire extinguisher must be available for immediate use (i.e., garden hose or fire extinguisher).
  • The fire must be no greater than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
  • Open burning is prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous. Be alert to wind speed/direction and courteous to neighbors who may experience respiratory difficulties. A City Fire Code Official may order the extinguishment of any open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

For more information, contact the Fire Department at 630-377-4458.

updated Jun 01, 2018